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February 2023 Newsletter

Be a part of the giant

Want to be a part of making Obsidian Giant great? This is the section that will tell you how to do that each month.

It’s the final countdown

Saturday will be the last day for haiku submissions!!! We can’t wait to see what everyone has written. Emma is keeping them close to the vest so far for the most part, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have to wait until SCC to read it, too!

The categories for Volume 2 are as follows:

· Horror

· Magic

· Sports and Recreation

· Reader Discretion Advised

From what I’ve heard, we’re a little lighter on Magic/Sports and Recreation than we are on the other categories, but we’re still taking submissions for all of them!

And the winner is…

The results are in, and while the raccoon dog with large testicles and the evil cat with two tails tied for second place, Raiju is the winner for this round! I will be reworking this little guy into a fierce lightening pup ambassador for pop-culture and clever haiku!


A doglike beast that falls to earth in a lightning bolt. He is said to be the companion of the Shinto god Raijin.

We probably won’t have a contest when Volume 3 comes out…Emma has already deemed the evil cat necessary if it didn’t win this time!


Audiobooks are still happening. The giants are still accepting submissions. The good news is we have so much going on between now and Spring Steel City Con! The bad news is we probably won’t have much movement on the audiobooks until after that. Lots of writing, drawing, and editing is being done. We will keep submissions open until decisions have been made!

1. Step one is to email us at

2. We’ll send you the excerpts.

3. You record yourself reading the excerpts.

4. You send them back to (or I’ll set up a drop box if files get too large).

5. We review all the submissions and choose the best person for each.

6. You record the whole book and get paid. We’ll also be available as a reference for other publishers and authors you may want to work with. That last part is true even if you aren’t chosen for one of our current books!

What’s been happening!?

Crunch time

You know how in boot camp or fraternity pledging they have hell week? Well, when you have a company consisting of only 3 people and 2 books to get ready for publishing in less than 2 weeks, the literary version is born. With OG, it’s a lot less physically trying than the military and slightly more sober than the Greek version, but we do tend to give up sleep, sustenance, and sanity in the lead-up to a major release. To be fair, we call it hell week, but in actuality we thoroughly enjoy everything we do. I’m just sad we won’t all be camped out together this time.

What’s coming up next?

Can’t believe it’s con already!

I think this is the earliest in the year we’ve ever had Steel City Con!

Two new OG releases: I Thought These Were Haiku, Volume 2 and the second book in the Bloodsisters trilogy will both be on sale for the very first time, March 31st at 9:30am!

The first 10 of each book will be numbered and signed so you guys can use them as part of your retirement planning once OG goes viral!

The number of big-name celebrities is as ridiculous as is becoming usual for this convention:

March 31st – April 2nd. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Plan 9… what happened to 1-8?

We’ve mentioned the wonderfully talented Eddie Kunz in previous editions of the newsletter. He’s featured in both editions of I Thought These Were Haiku. Did we ever mention that he is VP of a creative non-profit called Stage Warp Productions? Well, we’re mentioning it now!

We’re also mentioning that Stage Warp is putting on the very first performance of Plan 9 From Outer Space in the state of Pennsylvania and that our haiku books will be for sale at the merch table!

Eddie will be acting in the play, and our very own Leah is stage managing! It promises to be hilarious and well worth your time, even if you’ve already picked up your haiku books!

Performances are:

Friday, April 7th 7pm

Saturday, April 8th 7pm

Friday, April 14th 7pm

Saturday, April 15th 2pm and 7pm

Check out their website! We anticipate this group to be players in the community theater scene for years to come!

Downtown Pittsburgh is easier to get to than Monroeville…

We really should try to do more shows at the David L Lawrence Convention Center. Hopefully this will be a start on that!

10am – 8pm on Saturday and 10am – 7pm on Sunday. This should be a good one! It’s a bigger space for a smaller convention, so this one should be a fun new experience. Always good to have room to move around.

Looks like half the cast of Supernatural will be there!

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